SOUTHOLD — Elbow East, a longtime iconic North Fork restaurant known for its marinated steaks, waves and sunsets, is set to be sold to the owner of a popular Montauk restaurant.
According to Jeanmarie Bay, the real estate salesperson who handles the Elbow East listing for Town & Country Real Estate, the restaurant, located at 50 North Sea Drive just steps from Kenney’s Beach, will be sold to the owner of 668 The Gig Shack in Montauk. ; the sale is expected to close next week.
Elbow East was listed at $1,495,000, but Bay said the final sale price has not yet been disclosed.
668 The Gig Shack, or as locals say, “The Shack,” is a lunch and dining destination in Montauk owned by the Gardell family, including Tracey and Lewis and their sons Arden, Skylar and Gray. The menu has choices including lobster sliders, wings, tuna tartare taquitos, ribs, spanakopita, and more.
Longtime customers hoping to say goodbye to Elbow East still have a chance — the restaurant will remain open all weekend, including Super Bowl Sunday, Bay said.
Elbow East owner Billy Berliner told Patch in 2020 that the restaurant has been a North Fork staple for more than 30 years — and the time has come for its next chapter.
“I’m going to be 68,” he said at the time. “What do I have left? Statistically, I have eight years left, unless I’m very lucky.
Berliner, who has a condo in Florida, added, “I’d rather die walking on the beach there than clean the floor.”
Still, he said, “It was a very tough decision. I love this business. I love this place. I love my customers and I love North Fork.”
Born at Eastern Long Island Hospital, Berliner said his roots run deep. “But at some point I would like to put my feet up,” he said.
668 The Gig Shack isn’t the first restaurant in Montauk to find a new outpost on the North Fork: In 2020, Duryea’s Lobster Deck opened a second location, Duryea’s Orient Point, on the site of the former Orient by the Sea.